Where do stories come from?

One of the most common questions I get asked is “Where do you get your stories from”.  The simple answer is it’s just stuff that happens.  Anything that happens to you can be turned into a useful story, it’s just a question of how you look at it, how you tease out the tacit messages and the metaphors in a series of events to fit a particular context.

So the story I tell in this video is based on a very simple event that lasted for less than half an hour.  It involves two characters and is something that could happen to anyone.  Yet this is a story that has been incredibly useful in at least three different contexts.

I’ve told the same story: in a therapeutic context, as a metaphor in trance; in social situations as a fun, entertaining, anecdote that demonstrates my values; and as a teaching tale for children.

When you’ve listened to the story have a think about how you would use it in those different contexts.  Which parts would you elaborate on?  What is the underlying metaphor?  What other well known stories is this story like?  What does this story tell you about the kind of person I am?  What does it tell you about my values?

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Let me know what you think by leaving comments and questions below.

Till next time.




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  • Jami December 13, 2011, 3:51 pm

    Hello Robin. I think that Hypnotic Storytelling is a fascinating tool for teaching and learning. How would you advise using it while learning myology (study of the muscles) and bones, a necessary course to become a licensed massage therapist. This method if mastered could be used by many students struggling to learn this unusual medical terminology.

    Thank you in advance for any suggestions.